Take That star Gary Barlow appeared alongside David Cameron ahead of the 2010 general election to promote an X Factor style talent contest initiative for schools. When asked by reporters if he’d be voting Conservative he confirmed he would, adding: “There’s no one more with it than David.”
Nightclub owner Peter Stringfellow is a long-time Conservative Party supporter. Speaking of former party leader Margaret Thatcher’s time as Prime Minister, he told the Huffington Post: “She epitomised inspiration and aspiration when she came to office and brought down the top income tax rate the Labour government had left at 98% down to 40%. And she slashed corporate income tax rate down from 52% to 35%. That’s when the economy started to improve.”
Celebrity Big Brother winner Jim Davidson says he was heartbroken when he was unable to attend the funeral of one-time Conservative leader and ex-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 2013. The comedian donated £5,000 to Iain Duncan Smith’s successful bid to become party leader in 2001. He also took to the stage at the party’s annual conference in 2000.
Lads’ mags favourite Lucy Pinder described herself as a “Tory bird” during her time in the Celebrity Big Brother house in 2009. The model and actress told the Daily Star: “People are often surprised that I am interested in politics. But the reality is that politics affects everyone and we should all try to understand what’s going on.”
Footballer turned movie star Vinnie Jones has dismissed rumours that he might one day pursue a career as a Tory MP. But he says: “I am very proud of being British, very pro the monarchy and very Conservative.”
TV horse racing pundit and former Celebrity Big Brother contestant John McCririck describes himself as a “right wing Tory”. He was critical of the Labour government ahead of the 2010 general election, saying: “There has been more and more oppression, with bans on hunting and smoking. And there are all these people on welfare. If we had to decide what to pay them out our own pockets, I don’t think we’d give them much. I’m not suggesting we go back to the workhouses of the 1800s but things have to change.”
Former Apprentice and Celebrity Big Brother star, Luisa Zissman, appeared on BBC 3’s Free Speech programme where young people got to question Conservative Party supporters. On the last Labour government she said: “Labour just wanted to spend and spend and spend. Eventually we’re going to end up like Portugal, like Spain, like Greece.”
The man behind TV phenomenon, Downton Abbey, Julian Fellowes is a Conservative Party peer in the House of Lords. The Oscar-winning screenwriter also used to write speeches for ex-Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith.
Antony Worrall Thompson
Celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson says he’s been wined and dined by the party in a bid to convince him to stand as a Conservative MP. While he’s declined this opportunity, he remains an ardent Tory and is a particularly big fan of his friend, the Conservative mayor of London, Boris Johnson.
Ex-footballer James Beattie hit out at the previous Labour government when it hiked the rate of tax for people who earn more than £150,000 a year to 50%. He said: “I watched the Budget and obviously this tax hike is a big concern for me and other footballers. After everything that has happened with the economy we need a change of direction, so I’ll vote Tory.”
The X Factor’s Mr Nasty Simon Cowell publicly gave his backing to the Conservative Party in the run up to the UK general election in 2010. Writing in The Sun, he described David Cameron as a man of “substance” with “the stomach to navigate us through difficult times”.
West Ham United’s vice-chairman Karren Brady is the Conservative Party’s small business ambassador. Ms Brady, who assists Alan Sugar in The Apprentice, organised a letter to the Daily Telegraph of 5,000 small businesses who endorsed another five years of Conservative government in the 2015 General Election campaign.
David Van Day
Star of 80s pop band Bucks Fizz David Van Day is perhaps better known these days for appearing on reality TV shows such as I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here in 2008. Prior to that in 2007 he stood as a Conservative Party candidate in for Brighton and Hove City Council in the East Brighton ward. However, he was unsuccessful in his bid to gain power and failed to win a seat.
87-year-old soap star June Brown has been playing Dot Cotton in EastEnders since 1985. She says she has “always voted Conservative” and once told a Guardian journalist: “I wouldn’t vote Labour, dear, if you paid me.”
Magician Paul Daniels reportedly threatened to leave the country if Labour won the 1992 general election. Although Daniels claims he was misquoted by the media, he remains a loyal supporter of the Conservatives.
Coronation Street actor Bill Roache is a lifelong Conservative Party supporter. In a 2007 appearance on the BBC’s Daily Politics show he championed former Tory leader John Major as Britain’s greatest post-war Prime Minister.
You’d have been hard pressed to find a Tory in Glasgow in the 1980s, but that’s exactly what Scottish singer Lulu was. A keen admirer of Margaret Thatcher, she said of the Iron Lady: “I liked her strength. I thought she was a very strong leader, like a strong headmistress in a school.”
Brooke Kinsella, whose 16-year-old half-brother Ben was stabbed to death in 2008, is a passionate anti-knife crime campaigner. She pledged her support to the Conservatives ahead of the 2010 general election saying the party would “make our streets safe again”. The actress is best known for her role as Kelly Taylor in EastEnders from 2001 to 2004.
Heart-throb Adam Rickitt, who took over the role of Nick Tilsley in Coronation Street in 1997, sent teenage girls’ temperatures soaring in 1999 when he launched a pop career and bared his six-pack in the music video for his first single, I Breathe Again. He also caused ripples in the world of UK politics in 2005 when he revealed he was on the Conservative Party’s “A-list” of 100 would be MPs to contest winnable seats in the 2010 general election.
Former EastEnders actor Billy Murray, who starred as gangster Johnny Allen in the BBC soap, pledged his support for the Conservative Party ahead of the 2010 general election. He said: “A hung Parliament is not what we want because the Tories can and will make a difference.”